Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Elba Garcia thanks commitment and efforts of local business owner to public education

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Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow

When Craig Schenkel heard that two Oak Cliff high schools, Sunset and Adamson, had budgetary constraints that made it difficult for the schools to fulfill their needs, Schenkel and his business partner stepped up. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, on behalf of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, extended thanks and honored Schenkel’s commitment to Dallas County public education today.

Paying particular attention to athletic programs, Schenkel helped to support the school administration, raising and donating thousands of dollars to the marching band, drill team, football, basketball and tennis teams. Following a theft at Sunset high school last year, Schenkel informed his friends and, soon after, an anonymous check for $5,375 was written to replace the stolen items and paid for a students’ sports banquet at the end of the year, something that could not have happened without the donation.

Judge Jenkins honored Schenkel’s commitment to the schools and thanked him for “setting an example of leadership in action.”

Commissioner John Wiley Price praises House of Renewed Hope, D.A. in fight for justice for the wrongfully convicted!

Standing behind the Dallas County Commissioners are, from left to right: Christopher Scott, founder and CEO; Johnnie Lindsey, board member and investigator; Thomas McGowan, investigator; Michelle Moore, secretary of the board; Steven Phillips, board member and Investigator; and Jamille Bradfield, board member.
Standing behind the Dallas County Commissioners are, from left to right:
Christopher Scott, founder and CEO; Johnnie Lindsey, board member and investigator; Thomas McGowan, investigator; Michelle Moore, secretary of the board; Steven Phillips, board member and Investigator; and Jamille Bradfield, board member.

The House of Renewed Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2010 by Christopher Scott to address the issue of wrongful conviction.  Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted, sentenced to life in prison and served nearly 13 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Mr. Scott’s attorney, Michelle Moore, and the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Scott was proven innocent and his conviction was overturned in 2009.  Upon his release, Christopher Scott soon established an agency to investigate legitimate claims of innocence of incarcerated individuals in Texas. The Dallas Morning News, in fact, honored Mr. Scott in 2012 as Texan of the Year for his work.

Commissioner Price choked up when recalling the birth of the exoneration project and praised Scott and the staff saying “There is no one more qualified to speak on wrongful convictions than the men and women who have suffered these unspeakable miscarriages of justice.”  House of Renewed Hope is actively examining criminal cases where convicted Texas inmates have consistently maintained their innocence and there is sufficient cause or evidence to warrant a fresh investigation and post-conviction DNA testing. The organization’s annual fundraising event will be held on July 9, 2013, at 300 Dallas in Addison, Texas.  Funds generated will be earmarked to help pay for DNA testing, polygraph testing and services, court, consultant and attorneys’ fees, private investigator training and licensing for exonerees, ongoing education and training costs, travel costs and general operating expenses.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins praises international award winning Richardson high school senior for invention!

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Dallas County Commissioners recognized the tremendous contributions to public health and innovation by Thabit Pulak, in Commissioners Court today. Thabit Pulak will be a senior at Richardson High School in the fall and will be representing his class as the Senior President.

He has developed an innovative and affordable new filter to eliminate dangerous levels of arsenic from drinking water which is currently being tested in Bangladesh.  According to a study by the University of Chicago over seventy-seven million individuals in Bangladesh have been exposed to toxic levels of arsenic and arsenic poisoning caused by contaminated drinking water.

Judge Jenkins added that the innovation is not only relevant to Bangladesh but that there are people who risk exposure to arsenic in water in the U.S as well and then praised the system that educated such a visionary young man, saying “and can we just give credit where it’s due – Thabit is a Dallas County schools student!”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins pitches Dallas Arts District development in Beijing

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L-R: Dan Healy, CEO Civitas Captial Group; DC Judge Clay Jenkins

Dallas, Texas – July 2, 2013 Judge Jenkins traveled to Beijing Friday with Civitas Capital Group CEO Dan Healy to speak with Chinese investors about opportunities to make EB-5 investments in the Dallas Arts District.

The investment opportunity is in the soon to be constructed Hall Arts Center, a16-story LEED-certified office building and adjacent public sculpture garden. Hall Arts Center will be located on Ross Avenue between the Cathedral Guadalupe and the Wyly Theatre, directly across the street from the AT&T Performing Arts Center.  Lead tenants in the building are accounting firm KPMG, law firm Jackson Walker and project developer Hall Financial Group, which will relocate its offices from Frisco.

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